International cooperation

PURAM specialists are convinced that it is essential to use international experience for the successful operation of the Company. The Atomic Act also stipulates the basic principle, according to which the safety of atomic energy applications should be promoted by incorporating the results of national and international scientific research. This applies also to radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel management, and to the accomplishment of related research and development tasks. Scientific and technical development or harmonized coordination of research work cannot be achieved without the use of foreign experience.

Our Company is permanently present in the expert- level working groups of the radioactive waste management committee (RWMC) of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. In the previous years, our specialists were present – among other meetings – at discussions of specialist groups, on the development of safety reports supporting regulatory licensing, the methods for obtaining public confidence, the questions of disarmament, and the problems of long-term preservation of data and information.

In May 2015, the fifth review meeting of the joint convention on the safe management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste was held in Vienna. Our country has been a member of the international convention, which was established under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency, since 2001. In 2014, similarly to other participating countries, we submitted a written country report. Based on this document, Hungary reported at the review meeting on the activities and experiences of the past three years.

Many of our staff had the opportunity to gain new professional experiences at IAEA courses and workshops. Similarly, within the framework of technical cooperation coordinated by the IAEA, PURAM has regularly received foreign professional visitors, mainly in its facilities.

Since 2009, PURAM has been a member of the governing board of an organization dealing with the establishment of deep geological repositories (Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste Technology Platform), which is partly funded by the European Commission. The organization has already more than 125 member institutions and businesses, mainly in Europe.